10 Non-Apple Accessories to Get For Your iOS, Mac Products

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-04-04
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Non-Apple Accessories to Get For Your iOS, Mac Products
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    10 Non-Apple Accessories to Get For Your iOS, Mac Products

    While Apple offers useful accessories for its products, there are many third-party accessories available that also work quite well—and are much cheaper.
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    Twelve South BookArc Helps Unclutter Desks
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    Twelve South BookArc Helps Unclutter Desks

    The Twelve South BookArc Stand for MacBook is a $50 must-have for anyone who wants to keep a tidier desk. Once MacBook owners are done using the computer, they can simply place it into the arc-like stand instead of leaving it flat on their desk. The idea is to make the MacBook look like a file, sitting vertically and uncluttering otherwise cluttered desks.
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    A Portable Hard Drive for Your Mac
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    A Portable Hard Drive for Your Mac

    Although Apple sells some nice storage solutions for Macs, the G-Technology G-Drive is worth considering. The device comes with 1TB of storage and works with USB 3.0 for faster data transfers. Better yet, it's designed to be mobile, so it's reinforced with aluminum and can be plugged into any Mac. One other note: It's compatible with Apple's automatic backup service Time Machine. It costs $80.
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    A Different Way to Mount the Apple Display
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    A Different Way to Mount the Apple Display

    Bretford has developed a different way to mount the Apple Display. The company's MobilePro is hung from a wall and comes with a retractable arm. On the other end, the device connects to the back of the display, leaving no need for the stand. The MobilePro is capable of rotating the monitor 360 degrees and folds to a 3-inch depth, so users can place the display against the wall. It's a little expensive, though, at $140.
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    Check Out This iPad Stand
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    Check Out This iPad Stand

    When watching a movie or videos on the iPad, it's always nice to have a stand that props up the device, so users can sit back and relax. The Twelve South Compass 2 is exactly that. Compatible with the iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini lines, the $40 device is simply a stand that's designed for users to watch videos. A secondary leg in the back can be flipped down to adjust its viewing angle, and it can be folded up and tucked into a bag for mobile use.
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    A Much Cheaper iPad Stylus
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    A Much Cheaper iPad Stylus

    The folks over at FiftyThree have developed a stylus called Pencil. The $60 device, which looks like a real pencil, allows users to "write" on any iPad's screen, effectively turning the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini into an iPad Pro, which already supports stylus input. That said, the Pencil is designed to work with FiftyThree's Paper app, so don't expect it to deliver stylus functionality across iOS.
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    A Family-Friendly Charging Dock
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    A Family-Friendly Charging Dock

    The Belkin Dual Charging Dock is designed for those who have multiple Apple devices and want to charge them at the same time and in the same place. What's more, it's designed for different generations of Apple devices. So, on the front is the newer Lightning connector, which can be used to charge devices with that port. On the back, Belkin offers the older 30-pin connector. The idea, according to Belkin, is to allow customers to charge their iOS devices "regardless of … age." It's a little pricey, though, at $80.
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    Protect the Display With Belkin's TrueClear InvisiGlass
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    Protect the Display With Belkin's TrueClear InvisiGlass

    Belkin gets another nod in this roundup with its TrueClear InvisiGlass Screen Protector. Fitting both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s lines, the screen protector is designed to minimize screen damage, like scratches and scuffs. While that means it likely won't deliver a shatterproof iPhone display, it'll at least protect the screen far more effectively than if it's left bare. The accessory costs $35.
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    An iPhone Case With a Fine Wood Grain
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    An iPhone Case With a Fine Wood Grain

    Apple might sell all kinds of iPhone cases, but Evutec adds another dimension to its design. The company has developed a wooden case that not only protects the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s lines from damage, but also adds the interesting design element. The stylish case is shock-resistant and comes with TPU lining to prevent the iPhone from scratches that could otherwise be caused by the case. The Evutec Wood SI Snap Case is available for $50.
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    An iPhone Case That Doubles as a Wallet
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    An iPhone Case That Doubles as a Wallet

    For those who want a case that can double as a wallet, there are options. One of those options is the Sena Antorini. The device is designed to protect the iPhone from falls and, when closed, completely covers the screen. However, it also has a pouch on the inside that can be used to hold a driver's license, credit cards, cash and more. The leather-based case costs $65.
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    Here's How to Mount the Apple TV
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    Here's How to Mount the Apple TV

    For those who don't want to see the Apple TV all the time, Innovelis has a solution. The company's TotalMount Pro is a mount that allows users to attach the Apple TV to the back of their television. In addition, the mount includes a remote holder, so users can keep the Apple TV remote with the actual device while it's not in use. One other tidbit: It includes "cable management units," so users can organize the Apple TV power and HDMI cables. Not bad for $30.
 

While Apple makes everything from displays to keyboards to cable adapters, it's been criticized for overcharging customers on its accessories. For example, $29 for a simple connector does seem a bit steep. As a result, Apple device owners often find that third-party accessories are substantially cheaper than the iPhone maker's options. Better yet, they work quite well and come with attractive designs that don't detract from Apple's hardware. That has encouraged Mac, iPhone and iPad owners to buy a wide range of third-party accessories, including charging docks, space-saving MacBook stands and portable hard drives. Apple has even tacitly endorsed some of those products by offering them in its stores and giving consumers third-party options if they're not willing to pay Apple-like prices. This slide show highlights third-party charging docks, external hard drives, display mounts and other accessories available now in the iPhone maker's stores. Apple might not manufacture some of the following accessories, but they all get the job done.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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